Everyone agrees that using a VPN for Kodi is one of the best ways to get access to more content around the world while still keeping yourself safe and secure. IPVanish is one of the most popular VPN’s among Kodi and Android box users.
Today, we’re going to dive into the IPVanish Android TV box app and see how to install it and get you up and running in only a few minutes.
If you don’t already have an IPVanish account, you can sign up for a trial here.
How to install the IPVanish Android TV box app
To install the app, start from the home screen of your Android TV box. I’m going to show how to do it on an Ott TV box T95Z Plus, but the principals work for almost any device. If you have an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, check out this tutorial on how to install the IPVanish Fire TV app.
Go to the Google Play Store to get the IPVanish download started. To find it, just start typing IPVanish VPN and it should be the first search result that comes up.
Once you click on the icon, the app detail page comes up. Here you can see any comments or screenshots for the app. To install the IPVanish Android app, simply click Install.
Once the download starts, you’ll see a progress bar where the Install button was. The file size is very small so the download should only take a few seconds, depending on your Internet speed.
Once it finishes installing, you can open it directly from within the Google Play Store.
The app will also appear in your All Apps screen with the rest of your installed applications. In this example, you can find the icon on the top row, upper right hand corner.
Either way you open it, you’ll be required to sign in the first time you launch the IPVanish Android app. If you don’t already have an IPVanish account, you can sign up for one here.
Go ahead and type in your IPVanish login here and you’re all set.
Take a tour of the IPVanish Android app
Now that you’re signed in and running IPVanish…let’s take a look around.
The first thing you’ll come across is the brief tutorial. Even if you’re familiar with how IPVanish works on Windows or other devices, it’s a good idea just to quickly run through it to help get you oriented with how this interface looks and acts.
In the Quick Connect Preferences, IPVanish will ask you to choose the geographic region that you want to connect to. In most cases, it’s best to think of this like the country you want to connect to.
If you’ve already skipped ahead of either the tutorial or this guide, you’ve probably got a question forming right about now. IPVanish specifically calls out “Country and City” below. Don’t worry, I’ll get into that in a minute.
IPVanish will show you what your current IP address is (think of it as your computer’s online ID number), and where in the world you’re logging in from. Depending on the number of IP addresses in your region, your IP address can pinpoint your general location (to the country or city), or get very specific (small town).
If you’ve ever wondered how advertisers can pinpoint your location and serve up targeted ads based on where you are…your IP address is how they’re doing it.
Here’s where I’ll answer that question that you probably had from earlier. If you selected the region earlier and it was “basically” the same as what country you want to connect to, then why would IPVanish ask you for the Country or City again here?
Well, it depends on how big the region is and how many servers are available in that region. For smaller regions, they may only have one or two servers available.
If you think about it, this makes sense. If you’re connecting to Lithuania, for example, how many servers do you really need to have there? One is probably plenty.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a US or Canadian server, you’ve got a list of dozens of different cities to choose from, and each city has several severs.
Choosing the Country or City here just narrows down your list of possibilities.
The last step of the tutorial is just showing you how to connect with IPVanish on social media channels. Nothing too exciting, but I included it for the sake of completeness.
So what does this look like when you’re using the IPVanish Android app?
Take a look.
What I like about IPVanish is that it makes connecting to a VPN simple. It gives you only a few, intuitive options on the main screen (Country, City and Server). But it gives you more configuration options in the Settings page to let you tweak your connections how you like them. Finally, there’s a live scrolling graph of how much data you’re using and what your Internet speed is for both uploads and downloads.
The IPVanish Android app is easy to install on your Android TV box\Kodi box. It’s the best way to add a little security, peace of mind and freedom to your streaming experience. If you haven’t already, check out the promotions and sign up for an IPVanish account here.